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'Getting ridiculous': Aldi slammed for failing to stem toilet paper frenzy

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(Source: Getty, Twitter/@SoniaCrestpac, Facebook)
(Source: Getty, Twitter/@SoniaCrestpac, Facebook)

Aldi shoppers typically go nuts for the German supermarket’s bi-weekly Special Buys, but this week Aussies aren’t loving what’s in the middle aisle.

Instead, they’re demanding Aldi control the amount of toilet paper that is bulk-bought over coronavirus fears – despite the fact that Aldi has announced limits of four packs per customer.

On Friday evening, Aldi Australia posted a picture of their drill driver kit in a bid to flog their Saturday Special Buys of DIY and laundry essentials.

But instead of garnering enthusiasm for the product, shoppers took the chance to criticise the supermarket for failing to enforce limits on toilet paper purchases.

“I’d rather a few rolls of toilet paper 🧻,” one user wrote.

Another requested a limit for toilet paper purchases at their local store, arguing that those who were not stockpiling toilet paper were unable to get access to it.

“Please ask your managers at Cardiff Aldi yo our a limit on toilet rolls to one pack per person. This is getting ridiculous for those of us not stock piling but genuinely need toilet paper ...”

Another Facebook user was not afraid to voice her displeasure and pointed out that the panic-buying was impacting vulnerable Australians in particular.

“Can you please stop people bulk buying loo paper, tissues etc? No concideration [sic] for the elderly or those suffering from bowel disease. NOT HAPPY ALDI!!!!”

Yesterday, images of an elderly man in Perth searching desperately for toilet paper among empty shelves surfaced.

A Perth shopper shared a photo of the man on Facebook. “Pull your f****** head in people and stop panic buying toilet paper,” she wrote.

Coles and Woolworths were first to place limits of four packs of toilet paper per customer. Aldi and Costco soon followed suit.

“In response to higher than usual demand for our toilet paper, we have decided to limit the purchase of this product to four packs per customer. This is to ensure that all customers have access to staples as part of their weekly shop,” an Aldi spokeswoman told

Aldi’s Special Buys on Wednesday 11 March features a 48-pack of Emporia 3-ply toilet paper for $14.99.

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